ROE 41 Presents “Camp Invention 2015” for First Through Sixth Graders (June 15-19, 2015)

Camp Invention is an experience unlike any other summer enrichment program for first through sixth graders. At Camp Invention, children question everything and realize they’re capable of anything. Creative challenges bring critical concepts to life each day at Camp Invention. Our programs are led by qualified educators who are dedicated to motivating each child. No other camp has the support of organizations so committed to the spirit of invention.

Please help spread the word about this exciting Summer camp that will be held in Troy, IL at the Center for Educational Opportunities school. (map)

Scholarships Available!

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses the Center for Educational Opportunities (CEO) will be offering scholarships in the form of rebates to attendees of the 2015 Camp Invention. The funds the sponsors donate will be equally divided among camp participants and distributed at Camp Invention’s conclusion.

Click HERE to register and for great information (and video) about our upcoming camp.
(The date of our camp is June 15-19, 2015.)

If you would like to be a local sponsor for this great camp, click HERE.

To download a brochure for Camp Invention, click HERE.

The ROE41 web page about Camp Invention 2015 is HERE.

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KQED Mindshift: 5 Fun Ways to Engage Grade Schoolers

Fred Koch is a K-4 Technology Coach for Lake Forest, Illinois School District, an award-winning music educator, and a Google Certified Teacher.

Like most technology coaches working in elementary schools, Fred wears a couple of hats. His primary responsibility is to help teachers become more comfortable with tech tools that offer engaged teaching and learning experiences. The way he sees it, his job is to help students find ways to pursue their interests and express their passions, focus on storytelling and encourage them to think critically and creatively about their writing, their audience, and their presentation.

But it’s not always easy. “We sometimes find it challenging to find age appropriate tools and activities to share with our young children, teachers and parents,” Fred says.

To that end, Fred has provided five examples of his favorite tools for the elementary school setting, as showcased through his student projects, so we can see the tools in action.

View the tools here >>

Edutopia: Don’t Reinvent the Wheel – Seven Tips for New Elementary Teachers to Save Energy, Time and Tears

There are so many things a new teacher needs to know before he or she gets into the classroom, most of which have absolutely nothing to do with the Common Core Standards. These are skills teachers learn the hard way, through trial and tears. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Here are seven tips that can help new teachers get off to a good start and help them to be more effective on day one (not day one hundred and eighty-one).

Read the rest of the article HERE.